Two veteran Washington white collar defense lawyers on Tuesday announced the formation of a new law firm called Poe & Burton.
The D.C. boutique, founded by Gregory Poe and Preston Burton, will focus on criminal litigation and appeals, government enforcement actions and internal investigations.
“We’ve had a very positive response from the legal community and that’s been gratifying,” Poe said in a statement.
Before starting his new firm, Burton headed the litigation practice of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in the firm’s D.C. office. In the past, Burton has represented a number of high-profile clients, including Monica Lewinsky, former FBI Special Agent and Soviet spy Robert Hanssen, and former CIA counterintelligence officer Aldrich Ames, who also spied for Russia and the Soviet Union.
Poe was formerly a partner at Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber. He has also served as an assistant federal public defender in Washington.
Also joining Poe & Burton are Rachel Li Wai Suen and Jennifer Meinig, who will serve as counsel and associate at the new firm, respectively. Suen was previously a counsel at Robbins, Russell. Meinig had formerly worked as legislative counsel at the Alliance for Justice.
“I could not be more excited to join Greg in providing high quality representation within a small firm model,” Burton said in a statement. “I will miss working with my friends at Orrick, and I am grateful for the opportunities that I had there, but I have spent most of my career in boutiques. When Greg approached me about starting a firm together, I knew it was time to get back to the structure I enjoyed the most.”